From September 26th till the 28th, I was blessed to attend the Leadership Institute at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. It was an added blessing to be able to take a portion of oar church staff. Melanie Schroder (Church Secretary) and Summer DeLavan (Children’s Director & Wee Care) were also able to make the trip. The trip was well worth it. We had a great time, and we learned a lot that will hopefully help our church and its ministries.
Two years ago, I went to The Leadership Institute with the staff from FUMC Decatur, and I thought that it was one of the best ministry conferences that I have ever attended. I was wanting to share that experience with our church staff, and I am grateful for those who helped sponsor us on this trip. We were not disappointed. It was a great conference. Each of us learned a great deal, and we also bonded together as a staff.
The conference has been an event that The Church of the Resurrection has been putting on for a number of years. It is a part of their vision to not only strengthen their church and reach their community, but a part of their vision is to host conferences like this which help strengthen other churches. Each of us were able to attend workshops and pre-institute sessions that were specifically geared towards our ministry areas. Personally, I attended workshops on preaching, a session called “Small Church, Big Impact,” a workshop on church governance, and a workshop on strategic planning. We also attended 5 general sessions where we heard from Adam Hamilton and other guest speakers.
I left the conference refreshed for ministry. Ministry is hard and often lonely, so conferences such as this are really important for pastors and others in ministry to attend on a somewhat regular basis. I am grateful for the opportunity to have gone, and I hope that we can bring some of that energy back into our ministry areas.